francis matthew schutz

FRANCIS MATTHEW SCHUTZ

What an unflattering idea – to paint someone vomiting into a chamber pot! Francis Matthew Schutz, in this engraving by William Hogarth which hangs in Norwich Castle Museum’s permanent collection, is not ill but drunk. Susan Schutz, his wife, asked Hogarth to portray her wayward, fun loving husband in bed. It was part of her campaign to persuade him to stop misbehaving. In the nineteenth century, shocked Schutz descendants had the vomit and chamber pot overpainted to disguise this embarrassing truth.

To inspect Schutz’s shame in fine detail, it’s worth exploring Norwich Castle Museum.

Find out more to do in Norwich here.

Photo: Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
the goob

THE GOOB

Guy Myhill’s feature debut, The Goob, premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival and since then has won a slew of awards and gone on general release. Featuring the flat landscape and big skies of the Norfolk Fens, The Goob is a gritty coming-of-age drama made special by the physicality and self possession of its locally-casted lead, Liam Walpole, and Simon Tindall’s atmospheric cinematography.

You can find out more about the film here.

And if you’re entranced by The Fens, plan a visit here.

james turrell

JAMES TURRELL, SKYSPACE

Seldom Seen, part of James Turrell’s Skyspace collection at Houghton Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk was installed in 2000 amongst the trees on the west side of the house.

For four months in 2015, Houghton Hall was home to LightSpace, an expanded collection of Turrell’s work, including a 45 minute lightshow created specifically for this exhibition, projected onto the west facade of the house.

If you want to visit Houghton Hall, plan your trip at Visit North Norfolk.

Photo: Sarah Cocke, www.racns.co.uk